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Mary Anne Glade Parker (71) died on December 28, 2022, at her home in Redding, California. After struggling with heart problems for over a year, she has laid her mortal body to rest as she awaits the coming day when she will receive a perfected heart.
Mary Anne was sealed for time and eternity to her husband, John Robert Parker, March 14, 1975, in the Manti Utah Temple. They subsequently welcomed eight children into their family, and in more recent years she enjoyed creatively grandmothering 25 grandchildren. From crochet-edged baby blankets to Facetime math lessons to sharing stories over the phone from her childhood growing up on a farm in Bountiful, Mary Anne found many ways to connect with her family no matter how far the distance. Throughout her life, her love of the Savior and His gospel shone brightly and guided her willingness to serve friends and family in many unique ways. She especially loved music, not even needing to look at the words on the page as she sang hymns with her whole heart, testifying of truths she held dear. She gladly taught songs to children at home and in various church roles over the years.
Mary Anne passed from this life to be greeted with a joyful welcome on the other side of the veil from her predeceased loved ones: her mother and father, Leilah and Richard Larkin Glade; her brother, David Glade; her daughter, Angela Parker; and 2 grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Richard Glade; sisters, Suzi Glade and Sheila (Earl) Price; many nieces and nephews; and seven of her children: Shalynn (Stan) Nelson, Danielle (Logan) Underwood, Rick Parker, Holly (Nolan) Tolman, BethAnne Parker, Brianna (Steve) Stapley, and Merridee Brown.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Orchard 6th Ward Chapel, 3599 S. Orchard Drive, Bountiful, Utah. There will be a visitation from 10:45 to 11:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery. For those unable to attend, services will be streamed via Zoom. Please click on the “Watch Services” link above. You must be signed in to your Zoom account to view.
I have many precious memories of Mary Anne from when she was my roommate at BYU. She was an elegant beauty with long dark hair, a graceful walk, and a gentle, comforting voice. She was a young woman with many talents. I still make the orange rolls she taught me how to make. She was a great cook, and I learned a lot from her about many things in life. She could help anyone with math, no matter how advanced they were. I remember the beautiful purple afghan she had crocheted and placed at the end of her bed. She decorated beautiful cakes. She also had a fun sense of humor, and we often laughed together. We also enjoyed many long talks together, and I will never forget her beautiful smile and lovely eyes. I loved going to her family's museum in Bountiful, and she was very knowledgeable about church history. She was a scholar in general. I am sure she will be deeply missed, and I will never forget her.
The family of uncle James & aunt Isabel would like to send our deepest, deepest sympathy to John and his family in the passing of Mary Ann. She was always soo kind, friendly and full of giggles. We are sad but we find comfort knowing she is not suffering any more. Through our gospel we know that we will reunite with our loved ones in the hereafter. Our prayers and love are with all of you. Love Jim, Isabel & family.